Grant Name: Atlantic Fisheries Fund







The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is a contribution program funded jointly by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. It will invest over $400 million over 7 years to support Canada’s fish and seafood sector.

The fund aims to help Canada’s seafood sector transition to meet growing market demands for products that are:

  • high quality
  • value added
  • sustainably sourced

The federal government will provide 70% of the funding, and 30% will come from participating provinces and territories.

The national component of the fund is called the Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund, and has a separate application process.


Those who are eligible to apply are Atlantic Canada-based:

  • Indigenous groups
  • commercial enterprises, including fishers, aqua culturists and seafood processors
  • universities and academics
  • industry associations and other non-profits
  • other organizations, such as research institutions and provincial crown corporations

To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • reside in a participating province
  • be active in or support activities related to the fish and seafood harvesting, processing or aquaculture sectors

demonstrate maximum economic benefits accruing to the Atlantic Region

Eligible activities will support proposals for:

  • innovation
  • infrastructure
  • science partnerships


The following activities are eligible for innovation funding.

  • Research and development of new innovations to contribute to the sustainability and enhanced product quality of the fish and seafood sector.
  • Pilots and testing of new innovations.
  • Activities to introduce innovations to market.
  • Initiatives supporting the creation of partnerships or networks that help innovation activities in the sector.


The following activities are eligible for infrastructure funding.

  • Adapting/adopting new technologies, processes or equipment to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector.
  • Training associated with adaption of new technologies, processes or equipment.

Science partnerships

The following activities are eligible for science partnerships funding.

  • Science activities in support of the development of sustainable harvesting, processing and aquaculture technologies.
  • Research on the impacts of ecosystem shifts on fish stocks, distributions and the commercial fishery.
  • Initiatives supporting the creation of partnerships or networks that help scientific activities in the sector.

How to Apply?

To apply for funding, you must provide in both paper and electronic format (on a memory stick):

  • a completed application
  • the appropriate proposal
  • all supporting documents

Submit by mail or courier to:

Atlantic Fisheries Fund – Polaris – P430
PO Box 1006
1 Challenger Dr
Dartmouth NS B2Y 4A2

It’s your responsibility to ensure your information is secured when being mailed to us. For this reason, we cannot accept proposals or accompanying documents by email.

We’ll acknowledge the receipt of your application within 5 business days.

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Contact Information

For support with the application, contact

You may also contact us by phone toll-free at 1-844-795-9718.

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